Evan the multimillionre players on the Bengals and Rams would be shocked at the Super Bowl 56 food and beverage prices. Follow all the action here.
10.20AM: ELECTRIC CROWD FILLS SoFi STADIUM
9.59AM: ASTRONOMICAL PRICES AT SUPER BOWL STADIUM
With standard Super Bowl 56 tickets going for as much as $800USD and a corporate box yours for a cool $250,000USD, you would think the sparkling new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California could drop the food and beverage prices.
Putting the NRL and AFL to shame, a thirst-quenching craft beer – a California speciality – will set fans back $19USD ($27AUD).
But perhaps the most insulting price comes on the food menu with a caramel apple priced at $28AUD. That is one apple covered in caramel … for $28AUD.
SUPER BOWL 56 – THE RUN DOWN
Los Angeles Rams face Cincinnati Bengals in America’s biggest game of the year — Super Bowl 56.
More than 100 million Americans are expected to tune is as Matthew Stafford’s Rams and Joe Burrow’s Bengals do battle in the Super Bowl.
The stunning brand new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Los Angeles, will host the NFL’s season-ending showpiece.
Here’s all you need to know for Monday’s (Australian time) extravaganza.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
When is the Super Bowl?
For Australian audiences, the SuperBowl starts today at 10:30am AEDT. The game is being held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, the Rams’ home ground.
What time is it in Australia?
The game starts at 10:30am AEDT but coverage will start before this.
The Los Angeles Rams became the second team in history to reach a Super Bowl in their own stadium.
They followed in the footsteps of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year in booking their spot in the showpiece.
They won the NFC West division with a 12-5 record and then beat Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers to reach the Super Bowl.
This will be the Rams’ fifth appearance in the Super Bowl and they’ve won it once before in 1999.
The Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, have never won NFL’s biggest prize.
They lost both their previous appearances — both in the 1980s against the San Francisco 49ers.
The AFC North champions won 10 and lost seven of their regular-season games.
And they’ve had a heart-stopping route through the play-offs with wins over Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
Those three victories came at a combined 13 points with the last two rounds coming down to a late field goal from Evan McPherson.
Who are the key players?
Cincinnati Bengals are led by their brilliant second-year quarterback Joe Burrow.
The 2020 No.1 overall draft pick has bounced back in style after his rookie year ended with a horror knee ligament injury.
He’s been helped this year by the arrival of rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
The pair won the national championship together in college, and have been reunited in the professional game.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Trey Hendrickson was voted to the Pro Bowl and will try and disrupt LA’s offence.
There’s a lot for him and the Bengals to try and disrupt against a star-studded team.
The Rams have a fearsome wide receiving corps in the shape of league leader Cooper Kupp, superstar Odell Beckham and the electric Van Jefferson.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has big pressure on his shoulders after the Rams gave up two first-round draft picks for his services in the summer.
Their fearsome defence also features some of the biggest stars in the game in the shape of Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Jalen Ramsey and Leonard Floyd.
Where is it being played?
The epic SoFi Stadium will be centre of the sporting world on Sunday night.
The 70,000-seat arena in Inglewood was built by Arsenal and LA Rams owner Stan Kroenke and opened in September 2020.
It features a large canopy roof that can project content into the sky about LA, and a 120m long 4K video board inside.
SoFi Stadium is the biggest and most expensive stadium in the NFL and has set a new benchmark around the world.
Who’s performing in the half-time show?
Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg will be joined by the likes of Eminem, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar on the field at SoFi Stadium.
Originally published as Super Bowl 2022 live scores, stream: Rams v Bengals, half-time show